Tim Wakefield, a former Red Sox player known for his knuckleball and contributions to two World Series championships, is currently battling a severe form of brain cancer, which was recently discovered. Despite his wishes to keep this information private, his ex-teammate Curt Schilling shared the news on his podcast. Additionally, it was revealed that Tim's wife, Stacy, is dealing with a different type of cancer.
The Boston Red Sox issued a statement on behalf of the Wakefields, acknowledging the public's interest and concern for their health. However, they emphasized that the Wakefields had intended to keep their health struggles private as they undergo treatment for their respective diseases. They expressed gratitude for the support they have received and requested privacy during this challenging time.
Tim Wakefield, now 57 years old, had a remarkable career with the Red Sox from 1995 to 2011. He holds several significant records for the team, including being third in team history in victories (186), second in games pitched (590), first in innings (3,006), and second in strikeouts (2,046). In 2010, he was honored with the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award for his community service contributions.
Even after retiring from playing, Wakefield remained active with the Red Sox organization. He served as the honorary chairman of the Red Sox Foundation, worked as an analyst for NESN starting in 2012, and helped coach fellow knuckleballer Steven Wright, who played for the Red Sox from 2013 to 2019.
Throughout his career, Wakefield took on various pitching roles, making 430 starts for the Red Sox and briefly working as a closer during the 1999 season, earning 15 of his 22 career saves. He also played a key role in the Red Sox's historic 2004 championship, providing crucial relief pitching during the ALCS against the Yankees and ultimately contributing to the World Series victory over the Cardinals.
Originally from Florida, Wakefield was initially drafted by the Pirates as a first baseman in 1988 before transitioning to a pitcher.